Guides & Advice


Guides & Advice 

Expert advice to help you get back on the water faster! Our complete knowledge library includes parts locator diagrams, rigging guides, what to wear guides, line lengths, how to articles, videos, and more.


Boat Parts & Rigging

Resources By Boat - All guides, diagrams, and articles organized by boat name/model for easy reference. Also includes links to other resources such as class associations and videos.

Parts Locators - Helpful guides for finding the right replacement part for your sailboat or kayak. Guides available in PDF format and many include links to parts.

Rigging Guides - Not sure how to finish rigging your boat? Our Rigging Guides are available in a PDF format and are a great resource.

Line Lengths - Helpful guides including line lengths, diameter, and material for many popular small sailboats. New guides added each week!

Splicing Guide - Overview of techniques and tools needed to complete splice work on your sailboat.


Boat Maintenance & Storage Tips

Guide to Proper Sailboat Maintenance

How to Store Your Sailboat

Sailboat Inspection & Maintenance Schedule


Buying Your Next Sailboat

Boat FAQs - Common questions and answers about the various sailboats and kayaks we offer, designed to make it easier for you to find and order the right boat for your next adventure on the water.

Buying Your Kids First Sailboat - Advice from the experts at West Coast Sailing.


Sailing Clothing & Gear Guides

Size Charts - Size charts from Gill, Zhik, Rooster, Ronstan, Stohlquist, and more, designed to help you find the right size gear.

What To Wear Guides - Not sure how to gear up for sailing? Our What To Wear Guides offer practical advice and product recommendations for all types of sailing including scholastic, Laser, Opti, offshore, cold weather, warm weather, and more.

Choosing Sailing Gear - Articles by West Coast Sailing experts with tips, tricks, and advice on selecting apparel and accessories for your sailing needs.

Sailing Gift Guides - Find the perfect gift for the sailor in your life this holiday season. Our experience staff of sailors has hand selected gifts for every sailor, from dinghy and foul weather gear, to gifts for junior sailors, footwear, popular accessories, upgrades, and more. Shop with confidence and find a gift they will love.


Youth Sailing Advice

Getting Kids Into Sailing

Junior Sailing Gear


Laser Sailboat Help

Guide to Restoring & Updating an Old Laser

Guide to Laser Sail and Rig Sizes

Laser Parts Locator PDF

Laser Rigging Guide PDF

Laser Rigging Videos on YouTube

Laser vs ILCA - Answers to Common Questions


Hobie Kayak Help

Hobie MirageDrive Guide

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